Fiction

The Other Story – Tatiana de Rosnay

The other storyTitle: The Other Story
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
My rating★★★★✫

The other story has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. Since Sarah’s Key I have been a fan of Tatiana’s books and so far I have read them all. I like the way she combines (family) history with a contemporary story. Her characters are usually full of secrets and emotions and they seem very real to me. With The other story I was hoping for yet another great novel.

What the book is about

Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.

In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.

What I think about the book 

Nicolas Duhamel is a bestselling author who is struggling with family secrets… so far he is like any other characters written by Tatiana de Rosnay. The difference is that I found him an arrogant and unengaging man. I didn’t like him at all. He is addicted to communicating with his fans with his fans via his Blackberry and he doesn’t pay any attention to the people around him. Those people either love him or despise him since his recent fame.

Still when you read more, it is obvious why he became who he is these days and why he is having trouble writing his second novel. Even if that doesn’t make me like him, I understand why it happens and it makes it easier to read on. I wanted to know more about his history and the family secrets he has been unraveling in the past few years.

The novel only describes four days in the life of Nicolas and therefore it isn’t very fast paced. Until the end. Suddenly there is a major plot twist which changes everything.

Tatiana de Rosnay did a great job here. She has managed to write a book about a man I don’t like and I have finished it in two days, because I was curious of what would happen. And I actually liked the book. If you are a fan of her books, you should definitely read The other story.

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

The Rosie EffectTitle: The Rosie Effect
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Text Publishing Company
Pages: 415
My rating★★★★★

After falling in love with Don and Rosie in The Rosie Project I could not wait to read The Rosie Effect as well. I told myself that I should not buy too many books, but then I found this one in my mailbox as a surprise. I had won the book at a giveaway from the Dutch publisher Luiting-Sijthoff. So I have read the Dutch translation of this book. Therefore I can only write about how I feel about the story and not what I think of the language that has been used.

What the book is about

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because: Surprise! Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

What I think about the book 

Once again I loved the story. Don has his own way of getting himself into trouble and that is just so adorable. Rosie somehow reminds me of myself. The things she says, the way she wants to be independent and do a million things at the same time, all by herself. Yes, that could be something I would do. So I can imagine that it would be hard to support her, especially for Don. Still he is trying as good as he can to find a way to deal with this Baby Project that he didn’t plan. Nobody can see his efforts though, as he keeps most of it to himself.

Lydia the social worker made me so mad all the time. I really wanted to strangle her at some point. Seriously, who is she to decide who can have babies and what would be best for them. Of course she has seen all the bad stories in her job, but she is judging Don really hard even before she really gets to know him. I like how the book gave me all sorts of emotions as that usually means it is a good story and that I feel engaged.

I would really recommend this book to everyone!

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